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UFC on FOX 28 Primer: Mike Perry, Dirtbag Hero

Image is everything in entertainment, and since so much of MMA involves engaging with fans on a meaningful level, it behooves fighters to be more than just athletes.

Which is just a fancy way of saying that welterweight knockout artist Mike Perry comes across as a dirtbag, and the image works.

In just six UFC fights, Perry has established himself as a killer in the cage, and whenever a microphone is put in his face, it’s not hard to imagine him working security at a meth lab or breaking limbs as a biker gang enforcer. Which could be way off the mark – Perry might go to church every Sunday for all I know! But that image… that image works for him, works for the fans, and works for his bosses. Already the UFC has had Perry host a fan Q and A session, and they produce hype vids in his honor (like the one posted below).

Tonight Perry will scrap on the main card of UFC on FOX 28. There, he’ll take on Max Griffin, a total nobody from Team Alpha Male who’s likely purpose is to give Perry another highlight-reel knockout to brag about.

If Perry wins, you can bet he’ll do so violently. Afterwards, he’ll take the mic and use foul language and promise doom on those who cross him. And maybe he’ll be in church the next day, or breaking the back of some poor soul in a trailer park. Either way, the image Perry has cultivated entertains, so let’s soak it up and enjoy it.

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UFC on FOX 28 Primer: Mike Perry, Dirtbag Hero

Image is everything in entertainment, and since so much of MMA involves engaging with fans on a meaningful level, it behooves fighters to be more than just athletes.

Which is just a fancy way of saying that welterweight knockout artist Mike Perry comes across as a dirtbag, and the image works.

In just six UFC fights, Perry has established himself as a killer in the cage, and whenever a microphone is put in his face, it’s not hard to imagine him working security at a meth lab or breaking limbs as a biker gang enforcer. Which could be way off the mark – Perry might go to church every Sunday for all I know! But that image… that image works for him, works for the fans, and works for his bosses. Already the UFC has had Perry host a fan Q and A session, and they produce hype vids in his honor (like the one posted below).

Tonight Perry will scrap on the main card of UFC on FOX 28. There, he’ll take on Max Griffin, a total nobody from Team Alpha Male who’s likely purpose is to give Perry another highlight-reel knockout to brag about.

If Perry wins, you can bet he’ll do so violently. Afterwards, he’ll take the mic and use foul language and promise doom on those who cross him. And maybe he’ll be in church the next day, or breaking the back of some poor soul in a trailer park. Either way, the image Perry has cultivated entertains, so let’s soak it up and enjoy it.

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Jessica Andrade Versus Rose Namajunas Would Be Awesome

Dominant champs are fun to root for, but the sad reality of it is that those kinds of champs can stymie division growth.

As strawweight champ, Joanna Jedrzejczyk kicked a ton of butt and fed us tons of violence. But things were on the cusp of getting stale. How many times would we have to see her beat down Claudia Gadelha?

Thankfully, Rose Namajunas stepped in and TKO’d Jedrzejczyk something fierce. Now, “Thug Rose” is queen of the 115-pound females, and though they’re scheduled to rematch at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, already people have been pondering the permutations of match-ups available with Namajunas at the top.

One such ponderer is Jessica Andrade, who lost to Jedrzejczyk and must get past Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 28 this weekend before she can ask for another title shot.

Still, Andrade wouldn’t mind if Namajunas beat the former champ again.

As per MMAJunkie:

“It’s going to be a great fight between the two of them,” Andrade told MMAjunkie. “Because they’re fighting again so quickly, it’s kind of hard to imagine what’s going to happen this time around.

“I’m sure that with a win here, I should be able to get another title shot, but I don’t know what’s going to happen over there. If it’s Rose, great – I’m actually cheering for her. She’s a great representative for the sport and is a great champion. As much as I would like to get a rematch with Joanna, for this fight, I am cheering for Rose.”

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Michael Bisping’s Last Fight – Who Will It Be?

Michael “The Count” Bisping has done it all in the sport, including win a season of TUF and seize the middleweight belt.

But the Brit is at the tail-end of his career in a big way, and now folks are jockeying for a chance to be his “goodbye scrap“. You see, that “final fight” is the last thing Bisping has of value since Georges St-Pierre took the belt, and as final fights go, you can bet the UFC is going to give it all sorts of fanfare.

Worn leather shoe Vitor Belfort cast his name into the mix, but Bisping doesn’t have a lot of goodwill toward the Brazilian, especially since Belfort was a walking vial of synthetic testosterone when they fought.

Derek Brunson also wanted a taste, and went so far as to post some sort of fake contract on social media.

Bisping ain’t having it, though.

As per FOX Sports:

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UFC 222 Primer: Frankie Edgar Is Great, Isn’t He?

His rise to the top of the lightweight division is the stuff of legend.

Frankie Edgar came to the Octagon as a late-replacement, unable to make it onto the The Ultimate Fighter show despite impressing Dana White at the tryouts. And when Edgar stepped into the cage against Tyson Griffin, in a fight no one else dared take, it was assumed that Griffin was going chew the New Jersey native up and spit him out.

But Edgar out-hustled him by a factor of ten, and out-hustled everyone after that (aside from Gray Maynard) until it was time to face the mighty BJ Penn for the title. Edgar kicked Penn’s ass that night, and again in a rematch, and then fought Maynard to a draw before finally knocking him out in the trilogy fight.

Greatness. That’s Edgar, in a nutshell.

Sadly, he was undersized as a lightweight, and after two losses to Benson Henderson, Edgar took on Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt. Ultimately, Edgar has faced Aldo twice, and in nine fights at 145 pounds, Aldo gave him his only two losses.

Which brings us to UFC 222.

Edgar and champ Max Holloway have been playing “Tag, you’re injured!” for a while now, first with Edgar missing the boat on their fight and then with Holloway doing the same. That left UFC 222 without a main event, until the UFC decided to put female featherweight champ Cris Cyborg in the marquee bout opposite Invicta FC champ Yana Kunitskaya. That has left Edgar in the co-main event, opposite up-and-comer Brian Ortega.

Fans have a lot of love for Edgar – both for his greatness and his down-to-Earth personality. So here’s a little vid the UFC has put together in his honor.

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Old Bellator Vet Beats Up Fiancee, Begs for Fight

There’s nothing sadder than a fighter who was once great but is now struggling with demons.

I’m talking about Marlon Sandro, who was an elite fighter in Bellator from 2011 to about 2013. Since then, the former Nova Uniao rep and jiu-jitsu black belt has been kicking around Brazil, drinking too much and beating his woman.

Seriously, Sandro choked his fiancee unconscious back in December, was kicked off the Nova Uniao team, and is facing justice via the Brazilian criminal justice system.

He’s also begging for a fight on social media because he needs money.

Here’s his Instagram post, but it’s all Portuguese, so MMAFighting has the translation below.

Sei que tive meu momento de erro, estou trabalhado para melhorar, e ser um novo homem, larguei o álcool, isso foi uma das coisas que me fez errar é perder a cabeça. Cada pessoa tem sua crença e eu não os critico, cada um procura seu equilíbrio espiritual e eu à igreja. Moro no morro, poderia estar no crime me drogando, mas ao contrário disso, quero ser um ser humano melhor. Sei que posso ser melhor do que eu foi. Querem me julgar tudo bem, eu aceito todos os julgamentos, mas o que preferem? Que eu me entregue às drogas, ao mundo ? Ou que tente concertar o que fiz de errado ? Se você estivessem no meu lugar o que fariam ? A justiça já está sendo feita no tribunal. Só essa chance que peço a todos e aos eventos e organizações. #resiliencia #querovoltar #mma #bellator #bellatormma #shootobrasil #roadfc #pancrase #acb #onefc #errejota #jp #br

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I know I had my moment of mistake, I’m working on getting better and being a new man. I quit drinking, that was one of the things that made me lose my temper. Every person has his belief and I don’t criticize them, every one searches for your spiritual balance, and mine is church.

I live in the (favela), I could be in crime doing drugs, but it’s the opposite, I want to be a better human being.

I know I can be better than I was.

Wanna to judge me, fine, I accept all judgements. But what do you prefer? That I give myself up to drugs? Or that I try to fix what I did wrong? What would you do if you were in my position?

Justice is being done in court.

I only ask this chance to all promotions.

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No Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather Rematch?

Given that the boxing match between superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather and superstar UFC champ Conor McGregor did monster business and made everyone even more fabulously wealthy, it seems like a given that a rematch – either in the ring or the cage – would be inevitable.

In fact, the duo have been trading barbs on social media back and forth like two wild animals performing a mating ritual.

But, business is business, and apparently Mayweather is no longer in the rematch business.

This is according to McGregor, who posted something along those lines to his Instagram.

Could it be…? Will we never see Mayweather in the a cage, getting choked unconscious by our favorite Irishman?

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Nate Diaz Is Cooler Than You or I Will Ever Be

There’s so much to like about Nate Diaz.

For example, he won a season of TUF back when the reality show was still interesting, yet he’s managed to stay relevant.

He’s also dangerous as hell, has fought in the Octagon 23 times, lost nine times but has always been considered among the elite… there was even that time when he stepped in for an injured Rafael dos Anjos and fought some Irish guy named Conor McGregor. AND TAPPED HIM OUT.

Since then, Nate Diaz the Scrapper has become Nate Diaz the Superstar, and we’re just spectators in a world he pretty much runs.

During last night’s UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin, TX, Diaz was treated like a VIP and given some camera time during the broadcast. You know, like superstars and VIPs often are.

And of course, in that brief interlude of the camera focusing on Diaz, did our favorite Stockton Son pull out a joint and begin to spark up.

On live TV.

You have to think that in that brief half-second when a producer scrambled to flick the cut-away switch, there was panic in the broadcast truck.

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UFC Fight Night 126 Results: Cowboy Cerrone TKO’s Yancy Medeiros in First Round

He may not be a pay-per-view behemoth, but Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has got fans, and he earned each and every one of them with blood, sweat and tears. But the years and their cruel toll have made wins harder to come by, putting the UFC in a tough spot with their fan-favorite star: Do they give him easy fights? Or do they let up-and-comers make their own names off his fading legend?

For the main event of UFC Fight Night 126, they’ve done neither. Instead, they’ve pitted him against a veteran with a good bit of upside in Yancy Medeiros, who will swing hard and play to Cowboy’s strengths, and just as easily win as lose.

If the weigh-ins told us anything, it’s that love and respect abound with these two, and it’s apparent once they step into the cage.

Oh sure, Cowboy has his game face on, and Medeiros is pulling no punches (or kicks) in the exchanges, but when the Hawaiian slips and tumbles to the canvas, Cerrone doesn’t pounce; he lets Medeiros up, and the two share a grin and a hug.

But they’re swinging hard after that, and though at first it seems like Cerrone is having trouble gauging Medeiros’ timing, eventually he starts clipping him. One such punch lands square on Medeiros’ noggin’, forcing him to do the Funky Chicken before face-planting. This time Cerrone does pounce, and the ensuing storm of punches has the referee stepping in mere moments before the end of the round.

Cowboy has finally gotten another win.

 

Results: Donald Cerrone def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Punches) at 4:48, R1

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UFC Fight Night 126 Results: Derrick Lewis Survives and Thrives Against Marcin Tybura

In a division ruled by the likes of Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, it’s tough to carve out a niche. But Derrick Lewis has done just that, mixing personality with aggression, and cementing himself as one of the elite.

Polish fighter Marcin Tybura hasn’t quite joined that distinguished group of heavyweights, but to his credit, he took former champ Fabricio Werdum to a decision in his last bout. (A decision he lost, of course.)

This is your UFC Fight Night 126 co-main event, folks.

Lewis kicks things off by hitting a takedown and making Tybura feel all of his weight – a smart tactic, but one that soon backfires when Tybura turns the tables and winds up on top and in mount. Lewis rolls, and when Tybura takes his back he shimmies until the Polish fighter falls off. Rinse and repeat, and you have a first round that’s the epitome of “back and forth”.

Apparently happy with being in top position, Tybura manages to get Lewis down and keep him there for much of the second, and this time there’s no shimmy-ing him off.

Then comes Round 3, and Lewis’ sudden “go for broke” flurry while Tybura has his back to the fence. Once, twice, three times Lewis connects, and when Tybura eats one square in the chops, he finally falls to his hands and knees. From there it’s Hammerfist Time, and the ref has no choice but to jump in.

 

Results: Derrick Lewis def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (Punches) at 2:48, R3

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